Ethical supply chains: more style than substance?

supplychainquarterly | July 18, 2017

Ethical supply chains: more style than substance?
While four-fifths of respondents to a new study say they have a "responsible supply chain," only a quarter said their companies are addressing issues such as child labor or climate change in their supply chains.Many companies are eager to promote what they are doing to create ethical supply chains, such as sharing best sustainability practices with suppliers, incorporating social responsibility metrics into supplier audits, and improving "supply chain transparency," to name a few examples. A new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, however, suggests that—for the majority of global businesses, at least—these efforts remain superficial.

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Slight imperfections can mean the difference between a sale and a lost product. To meet those expectations, managing perfect delivery timing and conditions is critical. But for smaller suppliers, managing production and demand is complicated enough; worrying about the logistics of perfect delivery can be an added distraction and expense.

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Slight imperfections can mean the difference between a sale and a lost product. To meet those expectations, managing perfect delivery timing and conditions is critical. But for smaller suppliers, managing production and demand is complicated enough; worrying about the logistics of perfect delivery can be an added distraction and expense.

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